Hershberger Baker’s Basket

I’ve been looking for a suitable basket for Oma’s front rack since I adopted her in October. I was looking at a couple of Basil and Wald baskets and had decided that a simple, big wire basket would be the most utilitarian choice for all weather and hauling conditions. But then I saw this beauty on Velo Orange: the Hershberger Baker’s Basket with Lid. Add to the good looks that it was made by an Amish family in Minnesota, and I was sold.

Oma with New Basket

Oma with New Basket

The basket arrived in the mail yesterday. It is smaller than I imagined and not nearly as yellow as the catalog picture, but still lovely. I sorta question the utilitarian factor, but it’s so beautiful and unique that I don’t really care.

Basket Close-Up

Basket Close-Up

Lots more pictures with prettier backgrounds in the future, along with hauling reviews.

Heads Up: Trisha is flying to the land of ice and wind tomorrow to visit me, so expect some fun joint posts this weekend!!

  • http://www.bikecommuters.com Ghost Rider

    That Herschberger is PERFECT for your bike. Nice score!

  • http://bikelite.blogspot.com Lynn

    Oh, that’s gorgeous! All you need now is a puppy peeking out. Or maybe a few six-packs of Dutch beer would be more practical for the weekend.

  • Erich

    always wanted one of those for a bike, but I just don’t have the right bike, or the front rack. Or both. Looks at home here though.

  • http://iciclebicycle.blogspot.com/ spiderleggreen

    Real nice!
    But is Toto’s head going to pop out? ;)

  • http://letsgorideabike.wordpress.com dottie

    I didn’t think it would take long for the Wicked Witch of the West references to show up!

  • http://velofolk.wordpress.com/ the village scribe

    The basket’s spot on. But now I’m curious: does anyone happen to know what kind of bike our dear witch was riding when she pedaled past Dorothy’s window? It’s funny; every time I ride any sort of old town bike, that’s the theme music playing in the back of my noggin.

  • http://letsgorideabike.wordpress.com Trisha

    Looks great, Dot. I can’t wait to meet Oma. :)

  • Tinker

    Nice Basket, Nice Rack! Sounds kind of… personal?

  • http://iciclebicycle.blogspot.com/ spiderleggreen

    You’re more the Dorothy part. :)

  • http://www.chiccyclist.com Charlotte

    That is a gorgeous basket. I’m glad you couldn’t resist!

  • http://www.ecocanary.com April

    I am in LOVE with this basket. I can’t find it anywhere though :-(. I’ve googled “”hershberger’s baker baskets” and all I can find is beautiful blog posts gushing about its greatness. I may go with a Nantucket Miacomet (http://tinyurl.com/nantucketbasket) but I would prefer this one!

  • http://www.ecocanary.com April

    What do you know I was riding to work today and I passed a yard sale, and there right up front was a beautiful wicker basket with a lid, much like your Hershberger! I bought it on the spot. (I found one like it on ebay: http://tinyurl.com/NHbasket) To think I might never had found it if I had taken the train today. I think riding a bike must be an act of good karma! Now I have to figure out how to attach it to my front rack (I ride a Trek Belleville). Do you have any advice? I’m thinking leather straps with buckles. I’d like it to be removable since it has such lovely handles. I also tried riding in tights and skirt today. It went great. I can’t believe how comfy tights are on a bike. Thanks so much Dottie–you my inspiration!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1609920014 WeiJing Saw

    Did you ever figure out how to attach it? And if so, is your method working out? I’m in the process of sourcing a baker’s basket like this but none of the manufacturers seem to specify that little detail…

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      I got four velcro strips and attached one at each corner, threading it through a piece of wicker and securing it to the corner of my front rack. So far, so good (2 winters already!).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1609920014 WeiJing Saw

    Did you ever figure out how to attach it? And if so, is your method working out? I’m in the process of sourcing a baker’s basket like this but none of the manufacturers seem to specify that little detail…

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      I got four velcro strips and attached one at each corner, threading it through a piece of wicker and securing it to the corner of my front rack. So far, so good (2 winters already!).